One year ago, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States. At the time, very few thought he would actually become president.

When he proved us wrong, even fewer thought the ban would be enforced.

On Friday, Trump officially signed an executive order, banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries — namely people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen — from entering the country for the next 90 days and a 120-day suspension on admission of refugees.

As soon as it happened, hundreds of people traveling back to the US were detained for long hours and deported back to their countries.

Following massive protests at airports across the US, a federal judge in New York “blocked the deportation of people stranded in US airports under executive action” on Saturday night.

But, before the ruling came into effect, green card holders, who are considered permanent residents of the US, students and professionals were forced on flights back home.

Here are Few heartbreaking stories of Muslims and Arabs being deported

Syrian and Iranian MIT students were sent back home – a move “barring geniuses” from entering the country


Syrian Fadi Atieh was flying back to Boston after visiting home during his break, when he was prevented from checking into his flight to the US. He was a freshman at MIT.

Iranian Niki Mossafer Rahmati was also sent back home while in transit.

“The indiscriminate visa banning policy is barring geniuses – and humans before anything else – from entering a country they have the right to visit,” writes Ihssan Tinawi, a friend of both students, on Facebook.

“What would’ve happened if Steve Jobs’s Syrian dad was denied entry to the US? At least then Trump wouldn’t be tweeting @ us with his presidential decrees from an iPhone.

I don’t see how a country founded by immigrants can ban other immigrants fromentering a country that flourishes because of immigrants,” he adds.


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